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12 Cherry Blossoms Spots and When to See in Kyoto 2017
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12 Cherry Blossoms Spots and When to See in Kyoto 2017

Kyoto is full of spots to see cherry blossoms in 2017. Some popular spots are Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Daigoji Temple. All of Kyoto is pink with flower petals during spring.

#1. Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Best time to see cherry blossoms: From the late March to early April

Kiyomizud-dera Temple is a world UNESCO World Heritage Site to see the cherry blossoms in the spring. The large temple complex has a few other shrines, one of the most popular shrines in Jishu Shrine deticated to Okuninushu, a god of love and good matches. The one area that makes the temple stand out is the 13 meter high wooden desk. There is an old myth from the Edo period, if you managed to survive the 13 meter fall, your wish would be granted. There is about 234 jumps that were recorded but for obvious reasons, the practice is no longer allowed. Seeing this huge temple and the cherry blossoms is definitely a treat while in Kyoto.
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Address: 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Access: 20 minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station

Hours: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Admission Fee:
300 yen (Adults)
200 yen (Children)

Phone: 075-551-1234

Website: Kiyomizu-dera Temple

 

#2. Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

Cherry Blossoms at Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

Best time to see cherry blossoms: From the late March to the late April

Kyoto Gyoen National Garden is home to the former Kyoto Imperial Palace and Sento Gosho. You can see the cherry blossoms in the Imperial Palace Park, anyone is allowed to enter and there is no prior paperwork. Imperial Palace Park is a great spot to wander around and admire the cherry blossoms. The grove of spectacular shidare-zakura (weeping cherry trees) are a must see, they bloom in in late March and early April.
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Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

Address: Jyokyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto

Access: 1 minute walk from Marutacho Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Admission Fee: Free

Phone: 075-211-6364

Website: Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

 

#3. Daigoji Temple

Cherry Blossoms at Daigoji Temple

Best time to see cherry blossoms: From middle of March to middle of April

Daigoji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a Shingon Buddhist temple dedicated to Yakushi. Daigoji Temple is known for amazing cherry blossoms because Toyotomi Hideyoshi would have luxurious flower viewing parties. Three weeks after the vernal equinox, visitors can enjoy different cherry blossoms, starting from Kawazu-zakura at Kenjinrinen, to Shidare-zakura, Somei-yoshino, Hill Cherry, Yae-zakura, Obeni-shidare at Sanboin and Oyama-zakura next to the Kondo. Daigoji Temple is a great place to see many different variations of cherry blossom.
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Daigoji Temple

Address: 22 Daigohigashiojicho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Access: 13 minute walk from Daigo Station

Hours:
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (March to the first Sunday of December)
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (First Sunday of December to the end of February)

Admission Fee: 800 yen

Phone: 075-571-0002

Website: Daigoji Temple

 

#4. Jizozen-in Temple

Cherry Blossoms at Jizo-in Temple

Best time to see cherry blossoms: From late March to early of April

When at Jizozen-in Temple the thing to see is the shidare zakura or weeping cherry blossoms. Jizozen-in Temple was built in 1367 by Hosokawa Yoriyuki. The temple is surrounded by a bamboo grove and it is sometimes called the bamboo temple. The flat and dry garden within the temple is a designated Kyoto City Scenic Garden. The precincts are designated by Kyoto City as an Environment Preservation District for Cultural Properties.
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Jizozen-in Temple

Address: Higashigaito-16 Ide, Tsuzuki District, Kyoto Prefecture

Access:  25 minute walk from Tamamizu station

Hours: 8:00 Am – 6:00 PM

Admission Fee: Free

Phone: 0774-82-2810

Website: –

 

#5. Arashiyama

Cherry Blossoms at Arashiyama

Best time to see cherry blossoms: From middle of March to late April

Arashiyama is a district in Kyoto packed with places to see cherry blossoms. The area has been a popular destination since the Heian Period (794-1185), many nobles would come to enjoy scenery. When the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, the Hanatoro Illumination is an awesome event to see the cherry blossoms illuminated at night. Lanterns line the streets and bamboo groves, there is a very calming atmosphere. The Togetsukyo Bridge is an extremely popular spot to see the cherry blossoms. If you want to have a picnic under the cherry blossoms, Daikakuji Temple has a nice green space. Since there are so many places to see cherry blossoms in Arashiyama, you could spend a couple days here trying to make it to all of the spots.
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Arashiyama

Address: Sagakamenoocho,Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

Access: 5 minute walk from Arashiyama station

 

#6. Maruyama Park

Maruyama Park

Best time to see cherry blossoms: From late March to early April

Maruyama Park, located in Kyoto in the Higashiyama District, is one of the most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing (hanami) during late March and early April. This park holds over a thousand stunning cherry blossom trees. The delicate petals against the blue skies is a view one really appreciates. The natural beauty of this park also lies in the main attraction: a tall shidarezakura (or weeping cherry blossom tree). This cherry blossom tree is located in the center of the park and is over seventy years old. It is rumored to have been grown from a cherry blossom tree that was over 300 years old. Illuminated at night, this cherry blossom tree alone is something one should take a trip to see.
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Maruyama Park

Address: 473 Maruyamacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Access: 12 minute walk from Gion-Shijo Station

Phone: 075-561-1350

Website: Maruyama Park

 

#7. Hirano Shrine

Hirano Shrine

Best time to see cherry blossoms: From early March to late April

Hirano Shrine is known for the different varies of cherry blossom trees. The first cherry blossom festival at the shrine was in 985 under the reign of Emperor Kazan. Every year the cherry blossom festival begins with a morning ceremony at the mausoleum of former Emperor Kazan. In the afternoon, a procession travels from the shrine into the neighboring area and back. The cherry blossom festival is held on the second Sunday in April.
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Hirano Shrine

Address: 1 Hirano Miyamotocho, Kita Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

Access: 10 minute walk from Kitano-hakubaicho station

Phone: 075-461-4450

Website: Hirano Shrine

 

#8. Nijo Castle

Cherry Blossoms at Nijo Castle

Best time to see cherry blossoms: From late March to middle of April

Hirano Castle in Kyoto was built in 1603, it used to be the home of Ieyasu Tokugawa. After 23 years Ieyasu’s grandson Iemitsu completed the construction of the castle and added on a five story castle keep. During March and April the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, you can enjoy a wide variety of cherry blossoms at Nijo Castle. At night there are special illuminations, so all of the cherry blossoms trees are illuminated. The castle has a plum orchard, it is a half Japanese and half Western garden that was built in 1965. It was built for cultural events such as tea ceremonies.
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Nijo Castle

Address: 541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

Access: 5 minute walk from Nijojo-mae station

Hours: 8:45 AM – 4:00 PM

Admission Fee:
600 yen (Adult)
350 yen (High school and junior high school student)
200 yen (Elementary school student)

Phone: 075-841-0096

Website: Nijo Castle

 

#9. Philosopher’s Path

Philosopher's Path

Best time to see cherry blossoms: Early April

The Philosopher’s Path or Tetsugaku no Michi, this path next to a canal is lined with hundreds of cherry blossom trees. This path connects Ginkakuji Temple and Nanzenji Temple. This famous path is in Higashiyama. The cherry blossom trees are bursting with color and this is a very popular spot to have a picnic. This path is dedicated to Nishida Kitaro, he was one of Japan’s most famous philosophers. It is said he practiced meditation while talk this path to Kyoto University.
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Philosopher’s Path

Address: Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto

Hours: All day long

Fees: Free

 

#10. Kodaiji Temple

Kodaiji Temple

Best time to see cherry blossoms: late March

Kodaiji Temple in Higashiyama is a Rinkai school teaching Zen Buddhism. The temple was built in 1606 and there are many objects designated as Important Cultural Assets. The garden at the temple is also a nationally designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty. The beautiful zen garden has strategically places cherry blossom trees and the whole atmosphere is relaxing. During the spring, the temple and the cherry blossoms are very photogenic.
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Kodaiji Temple

Address: 526 Shimogawara-cho Kodaiji, Higashi Ward, Kyoto

Access: 20 minute walk from Gion-Shijo Station (Keihan Line)

Admission fee:
600 yen (adults)
250 yen (students)

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Phone: 075-561-9966

Website: Kodaiji Temple

 

#11. Yodogawa River Park

Cherry Blossoms at Yodogawa River Park

Best time to see cherry blossoms: Early April

Enjoy many outdoor activities at Yodogawa River Park while enjoy the cherry blossoms in the spring. Many families like to have a picnic next to the river while taking photos of the cherry blossoms. If you are looking for a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, be sure to visit Yodogawa River Park for a worry-free day.
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Yodogawa Riverside Park

Address: 33-7 Fukazawa Honmachi, Takatsuki City, Osaka Prefecture

Access: 15 minute walk from Oyamazaki Station

Website: Yodogawa Riverside Park (Japanese)

 

#12. Ninnaji Temple

Ninnaji Temple

Best time to see cherry blossoms: Early to middle April

Ninnaji Temple is well known for the Omuro cherry tree. It is a locally cultivated tree and it blooms late, about a week later than the common Somei Yoshino cherry tree. The temple has hundreds of cherry trees on the temple grounds. Ninnaji Temple is a World Heritage Site. Founded in 888, it is the head temple of the Omuro School of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. Since the flowers bloom a little later than normal, it’s is recommended to visit in April.
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Ninnaji Temple

Address: 33 Omuroouchi, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

Access: 7 minute walk from Omuro-Ninnaji Station

Hours:
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (March – November)
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (December – February)

Admission Fee:
500 yen (Adults)
300 yen (Children)

Phone: 075-461-1155

Website: Ninnaji Temple

 

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